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Monthly Archives: November 2012

Newborn Flower Shoes

Every time I make a new pair of shoes I think that that pair is the cutest ever. These, however, have got to be my favourite. I made them with a matching narrow headband which I wrote about in my last blog post.

I find that shoes with a buttoned strap fit better and are more likely to stay on than the ballerina type shoes. I’ve also realized that the strap needs to be quite far back on the shoe and must be a substantial width. Many people have replaced the strap with a wide ribbon which then laces around the ankle. I have no doubt that this is equally effective, and perhaps one day I’ll make a pair like that, but….it’s not really my style.

These were made with a beautiful Egyptian cotton/ wool blend and a 4mm hook. I quite like the look of the extra deep sole.

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Newborn Narrow Headband

Tiny things are just too cute. This little headband was made for Megan Grace who is just a few weeks old (and has a wonderful name). I’ve made a couple of these headbands, but none as tiny as this.

I used this chart pattern which is easy to follow, and just added a few extra chain and a sl st at the end to make the button hole. My hook was 3mm. I also used a different flower as I prefer 5 petals to 6. Grey is a colour I would never have used for little people in the past, isn’t it funny how we used to limit ourselves with colours. I’m very grateful for the colour freedom of today.

This headband has a very sweet pair of shoes to match. I’ll be adding them to my blog in a couple of days.

Little Girl’s Sun Hat

Summer is such a wonderful time. We usually associate crochet with winter woolies; blankets, scarves, beanies etc, but summer presents a whole new world of creative crochet opportunity. This is the second little sun hat I’ve made for little girls.

It’s 100% cotton which makes it light and cool, perfect for sunny days. I used a 4.5mm hook and Vinnis locally hand-dyed cotton yarn. It will fit a one year old.

I have a ladies summer scarf to finish making up now, but then not sure what to put my hand to….hmmm?

Cotton Oven Gloves

There’s so much you can do with a simple skein of string or two. I’ve wanted to make these  oven gloves for a while now and have finally done it. The string gives them a wonderful natural earthy look and they turned out superbly thick too.

I used Mrs Murdock’s Mittens pattern posted by Brenda K. B. Anderson on www.crochetme.com as the basic foundation for my gloves, with just a few adjustments. Instead of the ribbed pattern she used for the cuff I used alternating fpdc and bpdc as in my Coffee Cup Cozies. I did this in order to avoid the extra join. I’m lazy like that. I also up-scaled the pattern by 1 size to make it suitable as oven gloves and not fitted mittens.

The string is 1mm and most reasonably priced at a hardware store. I used 100g for these gloves with a 3.5mm hook. The stitches are very tight with such a small hook, but they need to be to create the right thickness. The bonus is that South African string is 100% cotton, making them good quality gloves that will keep their shape.

Coffee Cup Cozies

No more burned fingers, and no more cold coffee. Coffee cup cozies are such a good idea. I made up a few of these for my coffee connoisseur daughter. You can’t just have one.

They’re really quick and easy to make up and use tiny bits of yarn. I used Theresa Grant’s pattern on Ravelry. If you don’t know how to do a fpdc (front post double crochet) and a bpdc you will find a great tutorial here (fptr and bptr in English terminology). These were made up using a variety of different yarns, some blends and some acrylics. It’s best not to use 100% cotton, as it doesn’t have enough stretch. And my hook was 4mm.

These are perfect for little gifts or stocking fillers, and it’s always a good idea to keep a couple in your handbag. These particular ones are plain and simple, but they can be dressed up with ribbons, flowers, embroidery or any number of other embellishments. I’d also like to make a few of the kind you would use on a coffee mug. There are some fun patterns out there for those, and they can be used by tea lovers too.

 

Ladies Collar

I find fashion trends rather intriguing. There seems something not-so-cutting-edge about these collars, however I’m persuaded otherwise by current fashionistas.

There are a wide range of styles and shapes and sizes out there, but I chose this pattern because I find it simple, elegant and yet playful at the same time. Thanks to Lazy Tcrochet for making it available. I used a fine yarn, 70% bamboo 30% cotton,  and a 3.5mm hook. I love this silver grey colour. Because my yarn was finer than that in the pattern I added a few stitches to each section to make it the right size. Oh, and I found a really cute button for it too.

This is one of the things I gave to my daughter for her birthday. The pattern is for personal use only, so I won’t be able to sell these particular collars, but I’ll make others.

4-in-1 Flopsy Hat

A friend of mine asked me to make a gift for a one year old girl. We decided that crochet shoes and toddlers don’t work so well together. The only reason crochet shoes are cute is because they are so small, once they get bigger they lose their cuteness. So we settled on the idea of a hat and I began exploring patterns and trying out options. This was my first creation.

It’s half wool (which gives it it’s rustic feel) and half cotton (keeping it light and cool). I used a 4mm hook and made it up in htr (hdc if you are American). For the flower I used this pattern. I quite like the way the flower can come on and off and how you can button up the one side to give it different looks. It ended up being too small for a 0ne year old, but fits a little pinky who’s 6 months.